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Internally, Jets have mixed feelings about Manning pursuit


The Jets will “definitely” consider pursuing quarterback Peyton Manning after he’s released by the Colts, but a Tuesday night New York Daily News story strongly suggests that mixed internal feelings about the potential alienation of Mark Sanchez might prevent the team from going all-in.

And based on the state of Rex Ryan’s 2011 locker room, it’s reasonable to think Manning would only consider competing against brother Eli for the Big Apple limelight if the Jets went above and beyond to woo him.

Why would Manning want to come to the circus?” one team source asked Daily News reporter Manish Mehta.

“Can you imagine if word gets out that we’re trying to get Peyton Manning, and then we don’t get Peyton Manning?” added one member of the Jets’ organization. “Then we have to play with Sanchez?”

Confidence already seems to be an issue for the Jets’ incumbent quarterback. A fruitless pursuit of Manning could rattle the young passer even more.

There are members of the Jets who are much more certain acquiring Manning is the right idea, of course. They’ve been saying it for months.

“I want him in New York,” one player told Mehta on Tuesday. “He needs to be a Jet.”

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  1. azheat says: Mar 6, 2012 10:59 PM

    I guess we will all know if Peyton is healthy…sounds like he COULD try out with almost every NFL team.

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 6, 2012 11:00 PM

    Sanchez is a grown man. He can handle that. If it hurts his feelings, he has no business playing quarterback in the NFL. It might actually motivated him to become good or something other than really bad.

    Go after manning.

  3. tweeter75 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:00 PM

    Maybe they can bring Manning in to be head coach!

  4. mcjon22 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:01 PM

    Well, at least they have a resonable excuse to hide behind when Peyton ignores all 117 of their phone calls

  5. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 6, 2012 11:01 PM

    How many people are in the picture?

    A: 5

    Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, the person behind Mike, Rex Ryan, and whoever Rex ate for breakfast that morning.

  6. paleandpasty says: Mar 6, 2012 11:04 PM

    Rex ryan should considered shutting his big yapper.

  7. johnnyb216 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:04 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure that Sanchez is probably against it.

  8. garyman1 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:07 PM

    Bet you won’t see any GQ photo-shoots for Sanchez this summer.

  9. mikebe1 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:08 PM

    Here goes the drama either go all in or don’t jets

  10. mrnickles says: Mar 6, 2012 11:09 PM

    Enough is enough with Manish Mehta’s unnamed sources. Grow a sack and name him or just stop using the quotes. You’re looking more and more like Rich Cimini everyday.

  11. We'reFineThere says: Mar 6, 2012 11:09 PM

    On one hand Sanchez needs to grow up. He shouldn’t need external motivation to be the best QB he can be. But if a failed replacement attempt doesn’t work I don’t think anything will.

    On the other hand, I need to grow up. I cannot take a Manish talking about football seriously.

  12. rcampore says: Mar 6, 2012 11:10 PM

    Just because the Jets might want Manning doesn’t mean they are going to get him.

    And then there’s the fact if Peyton would go play for them and there are plenty of reasons why he wouldn’t.

    He will get his choice of multiple teams if he’s healthy and I’m thinking the Jets will be on the bottom of his preference list.

  13. jgava19 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:11 PM

    He won’t join the dysfunctional Jets.

  14. profootballwalk says: Mar 6, 2012 11:16 PM

    I doubt big brother will want to play in the same state as little brother. New Jersey would be a little too crowded with two Mannings.

  15. stoutfiles says: Mar 6, 2012 11:16 PM

    Does Sanchez live in a bubble? He’s got to know by now he doesn’t put up great numbers and is replaceable.

  16. neko02011980 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:16 PM

    Not happening.

  17. billsfan27 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:16 PM

    The Jets are just a messy headcase of a team, from the top down. They keep tripping over themselves. First it’s promises they can’t keep about winning the SB, now – after saying Sanchez is the guy – they’re playing around with Manning.

    They’re always making commitments… until they don’t feel like being commited anymore.

    Next year has the feeling of an implosion waiting to happen and they haven’t even reached the draft yet. This team that can’t decide what the hell it’s doing.

  18. mclovin07 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:18 PM

    Sanchez should be mowing my lawn. If they have a shot at Manning, and he’s truly 100%, they’d be morons to not attempt to bring him in!

  19. shaggytoodle says: Mar 6, 2012 11:24 PM

    Why would they need Manning, Ryan said he should have won a SB every year in NY.

    It would be like mixing oil and water.

  20. killface4prez says: Mar 6, 2012 11:26 PM

    I have never seen anyone molly-coddled and tiptoed around more than Mark Sanchez. The Jets can’t talk about getting Peyton because it might hurt Mark’s feelings? Who cares if his feelings are hurt, what is this, Kindergarten? And why should that hurt his feelings anyway, unless he honestly believes he’s better than Peyton Manning?

    I find myself rooting against sanchez just because of what an insufferable wuss he seems to be.

  21. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 6, 2012 11:26 PM

    Manning isn’t worried about Rex Ryan’s persona but he doesn’t want to face Brady and the Hooded One twice a year.

  22. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 6, 2012 11:27 PM

    As a long-time Jets fan I don’t want Manning. I feel that at this point it would be retarded to just fire Mark now, because thats what the Manning signing would be doing. Manning is only gonna play 2-3 more years so I just don’t think it would be worth having to start all over again in 2-3 years…..

    Personally I hope he goes to the Chiefs because they Chiefs could be deadly if they had a QB who wasn’t a p***y.

  23. oreo51 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:27 PM

    If the Jets sign Manning they will need to trade or release Sanchez.

  24. thejuddstir says: Mar 6, 2012 11:27 PM

    Manning would be more likely to sign with the Raiders than the Jests. You can bet Rexy is the one who really wants Manning but he can’t say it in public for fear of destroying what little is left of sanchez’s confidence. The Jests had their window of opportunity but when everything else was in place they lacked a…….QB. Sanchez will never be even an average QB.

  25. transam7816 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:30 PM

    “I want him in New York. He needs to be a Jet.” – Santonio Holmes

  26. ogarcz says: Mar 6, 2012 11:34 PM

    Vote for Pedro.

  27. skipbayless says: Mar 6, 2012 11:38 PM

    Initially, The Jets thought they had a franchise quarterback, but realized the best thing Sanchez could do was chug a 2 Liter of Pepsi.

  28. eastcoastblows says: Mar 6, 2012 11:39 PM

    Rex is bringing sexy back

  29. grannyvi4 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:44 PM

    Omg…I can’t believe they’re seriously worried about hurting poor Markie’s feelings. This is business and it’s the NFL. If Sanchez is worried about someone replacing him, maybe he should’ve been progressing the last couple years instead of regressing and/or posing for a GQ cover. Grow a pair and grow up.

  30. mikehockhurtz says: Mar 6, 2012 11:44 PM

    You all can speculate all you want….

    Daddy Archie has a plan

  31. roamingabriel says: Mar 6, 2012 11:56 PM

    “Why would Manning want to come to the circus?” one team source asked Daily News reporter Manish Mehta.

    “Can you imagine if word gets out that we’re trying to get Peyton Manning, and then we don’t get Peyton Manning?” added one member of the Jets’ organization. “Then we have to play with Sanchez?”

    “I want him in New York,” one player told Mehta on Tuesday. “He needs to be a Jet.”
    It’s not just Rex. Everyone in NY has diarrhea of the mouth…

  32. trbowman says: Mar 6, 2012 11:57 PM

    ““Why would Manning want to come to the circus?” one team source asked Daily News reporter Manish Mehta.”

    At least there’s someone in that org who doesn’t have a problem with delusions. Hat tip to this anonymous source.

    The answer is, he wouldn’t.

  33. descendency says: Mar 6, 2012 11:57 PM

    Either you get Manning or you’re stuck with Sanchez.

  34. joyjoy69 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:59 PM

    PLEASE!!!! PLEASE, JETS, SIGN THIS GUY!!! Can you just imagine how hard it will be for the Jets to keep a balanced roster with so many high paid free agents and Manning on their roster? The man is a great QB, and a one-man-salray-cap-killer. Just ask the Colts the effect of devoting 1/3 of your salary cap to a player who then gets surgery that prevents him from playing the whole season (and keeps teasing you with the possibility he COULD come back, so you can’t put him on IR) and free up a roster spot. Yes, when healthy, the guy is a one-man-difference-maker. He’ll probably be healthy and not have any problems. But I would love to see the Jets take the gamble and hen learn what the long term effects are – on a guy who only has a handful of season left in the tank. I couldn’t wish this curse on any other team, and I love that the Jets are considering doing that to themselves!!!

  35. billybob91 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:01 AM

    Even as a diehard Patriots fan, I know that the Jets are a HEALTHY Peyton Manning away from the Super Bowl. Even after the collapse they had last season Peyton gets them to the Super Bowl. He would mask the defense’s deficiencies and he would make Shonn Greene better. Team’s would have to respect Manning passing to Dustin Keller or Santonio Holmes and that would make Greene a 1,500+ yard rusher. But once again like I said, this is contingent on Peyton being healthy.

  36. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 7, 2012 12:02 AM

    Wow, if the Jets don’t even have the balls to make an easy decision because they’re gonna hurt Sanchize’s (great nickname BTW) feelings, then they are in worse trouble than I thought. This organization needs to clean house with coaching and management before than any progress can be made.

  37. pisano says: Mar 7, 2012 12:20 AM

    I don’t know about Manning’s health, or if he would really be the answer for the Jets, but I know that a change at QB needs to be made. Sanchez has a lot in common with Obama, they’re both in over their heads.

  38. xpensivewinos says: Mar 7, 2012 12:20 AM

    Isn’t Peyton Manning the 180 degree polar opposite of Rex Ryan? No way he goes to the Jets…………..and Manning has forgotten more about running an offense than Tony Sparano will ever know. Ain’t gonna happen.

    Isn’t Sanchez dating Kate Upton? He has nothing to be upset about under any circumstances.

  39. dmartin17 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:25 AM

    How could the Jets be the ones with cold feet? They don’t have a QB on their team and an all time great is out there. No brainer.

  40. vikesfan024 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:55 AM

    Manning won’t want to go to the Jets because he actually has some class (unlike Rex Ryan).

    The Jets also need to stop worrying about hurting Sanchez’s feelings. This is a business, and a game where tough guys win and weak guys lose. Sanchez is weak. You can see it in his body language every game. He has some talent, but is NOT a franchise QB. They need to see reality.

    As a Vikings fan, I had to sit and watch our coach try to prop up Tarvaris Jackson for years. He never had “it”, and neither does Sanchez.

  41. asw1028 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:56 AM

    This is what I remember from when the Jets were on HBO’s Hard Knocks: Sanchez is pretty smart but also lazy and lacks self-discipline (remember him during offensive meetings with Brunell and Schottenheimer–it was like he had no interest at all). His inconsistency in the NFL does not surprised me.

    Ryan and Tannenbaum don’t trust each other and will always make subtle attempts to shift blame onto each other. So far the Jets, if you look at the big picture, are not that surprising. They have a good defense because Rex is a defensive coach but their offense was inconsistent because Sanchez doesn’t have the work ethic needed to win. I wonder if Schottenheimer even wanted to stay in that dysfunctional atmosphere? He seemed to do pretty much everything he could to position Sanchez for success but it’s like that old saying…You can lead a horse to the pond but you can’t make him drink the water.

  42. jrcoop says: Mar 7, 2012 1:02 AM

    Is that the the Three Stooges pictured?

    B Scott and Plax can’t get off the roster fast enough… why would Manning want to be on it? He’s not stupid.

    By even engaging in in the conversation, the Jets have probably irreparably damaged their “Sanchize”. You may as well cut Sanchez now since he has to have no doubt that not only his team mates, but management have no faith in him. He probably could have gone either way, really good or really bad next year… but once again, the Jets screw themselves.

    How do you shake up a team that’s already shaky?

    If there’s a team going backwards faster than the Jets, please tell me… come on… tell me, I dare you.

  43. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Mar 7, 2012 1:10 AM

    I wonder if Rex also has a cankle fetish…

  44. 1andonlykingp says: Mar 7, 2012 1:11 AM

    Here’s how the Jets should go about this…

    They should just meet with Manning, check out his health, try to talk to him about joining the Jets, and give him an offer. Give him 2-3 days. If he chooses the Jets, then great for them. If he says no or doesn’t respond, just say “screw it” and move on. That way, it just looks like they’re doing their due dilligence. Then they can save face and wont worry about Sanchez throwing a hissy fit.

  45. omniscient48 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:47 AM

    This is a terrible attempt at a story —

    There is a BIG difference between:

    “The Jets will “definitely” consider pursuing quarterback Peyton Manning after he’s released by the Colts,”

    which is not a story, and:

    “The Jets will “definitely” pursue quarterback Peyton Manning after he’s released by the Colts,”

    which is a story.

  46. freedomispopular says: Mar 7, 2012 2:44 AM

    The idea of both Manning bros playing in MY is definitely intriguing.

  47. xtb3 says: Mar 7, 2012 2:51 AM

    Yeah right! It might upset Sanchise so much that he starts playing poorly!

  48. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 7, 2012 3:25 AM

    According to Rex, Sanchez is better than Brady so they are really all set and don’t need Peyton. That Rex is one sharp football mind.

  49. tunescribe says: Mar 7, 2012 3:46 AM

    Love that publicity photo for the new Three Stooges film.

  50. pacodawg says: Mar 7, 2012 4:14 AM

    Get used to it. Manning to Massaqoui for another TD!

  51. srrjr82 says: Mar 7, 2012 5:38 AM

    Lets make this easier. He won’t be going to:


    Any other team would be crazy to not consider.

  52. losangelasbasketball says: Mar 7, 2012 6:03 AM

    Manning had an unusual amount of control over the Colt’s offense… i could see him going to the Jets since they have no idea what they are doing on that side of the ball…

  53. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 7, 2012 6:12 AM

    You could extend this to
    Internally the Jets have mixed feelings about Rex Ryan.
    Internally the Jets have mixed feelings about Mark Sanchez.
    Internally the Jets……

  54. phinfan527 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:29 AM

    No way Manning comes to the planes. Especially having to play with Holmes. 3 best fits. KC,SF,Miami. Best chance for a ring…SF.

  55. kane337 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:57 AM

    Does Peyton Manning have good feet? Rex likes good feet.

  56. 1historian says: Mar 7, 2012 7:22 AM

    To all concerned: Peyton Manning aside and regardless of your opinion of Bill Belichik – how long do you think it would have taken him to cut Mark Sanchez?

  57. ampats says: Mar 7, 2012 7:36 AM

    The picture above is the reason Peyton Manning will not be a jet.

    Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest, the “braintrust ” of the NY Jets.

  58. gixrider says: Mar 7, 2012 8:02 AM

    “Confidence already seems to be an issue for the Jets’ incumbent quarterback. A fruitless pursuit of Manning could rattle the young passer even more.”
    Wow. I’m not a Jets fan, but if I were the last person I want leading my team is someone that fragile. If this far into his career he has confidence issues he can’t be my quarterback.

  59. kev86 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:10 AM

    All class and Rex dont mix. No chance.

  60. dkrauss93 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:37 AM

    If Peyton does end up a Jet (I doubt it) I think Sanchez goes to Sea and reunites with Pete Carroll. I think it would be next years 1st rd pick or this years 2nd for Sanchez which isn’t a bad deal for them because they need a Qb and I think he will be good and he’s only 25.

  61. nflfan1 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:58 AM

    Why on earth would Peyton Manning want to join that firestorm of a locker room where everyone says what they have to say “off the record”? The coach is a loud mouth. The players for the most part have NO class. No way. No how he ends up at the Jets.

  62. jolink653 says: Mar 7, 2012 9:52 AM

    nice how some jets players come out and say they want peyton manning as their QB but no one will put their name to that statement…that whole team is a total joke and i love watching them fall apart

  63. shadowgm1 says: Mar 7, 2012 9:52 AM

    Sanchez is a top backup caliber QB only. This move would go a long ways toward shoring up deficient positions and they already have a stellar o-line. Sanchez is sacked because he can’t read coverages.

    He would be an instant leader. The locker room atmosphere wouldn’t exist as it does now. Anyone who is saying it won’t happen are Pats fans that fear it. This is his best opportunity and his most likely destination.

  64. The Prophet says: Mar 7, 2012 9:53 AM

    “Can you imagine if word gets out that we’re trying to get Peyton Manning, and then we don’t get Peyton Manning?” added one member of the Jets’ organization. “Then we have to play with Sanchez?”
    That’s a non-issue. EVERY team is going to have to deal with that, and the Jets already covered their butts by putting out all those stories the past several months about how “unhappy” everyone is with Sanchez. If they don’t get Peyton it’ll just put more pressure on Sanchez to show they didn’t screw up by not signing Peyton.

  65. yournuts says: Mar 7, 2012 10:22 AM

    Let me see Peyton Manning or Mark Sanchez? Who would I want as my QB? Are you out of your mind? Were talking about Peyton Manning! What is there to think about. My only question is why the Colts ae so stupid to let Peyton go and bank on Andrew Luck who has zero experience and could very well be a bust in the NFL.

  66. anactualnflowner says: Mar 7, 2012 11:04 AM

    “Can you imagine if word gets out that we’re trying to get Peyton Manning, and then we don’t get Peyton Manning?” added one member of the Jets’ organization. “Then we have to play with Sanchez?”

    How about this?

    “Can you imagine… we have to play with Sanchez?”

  67. donnab40 says: Mar 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    Give me a freakin’ break-they are worried that it may hurt poor Mark Sanchez’s feelings that Peyton Manning may come to the Jets!!! Who the hell cares how he feels? Get rid of him or make him the back-up. I really don’t care how he feels-did he care how the fans felt when he put us on a roller coaster ride? Does he care about the Jets fans feel that he still can’t get us into the Super Bowl? No!!! Does he care how his other team mates feel about anything???? No so screw him-trade him & be done with the candy ass crybaby!

  68. calendarioman says: Mar 7, 2012 3:14 PM

    Wait… Mark Sanchez leads the Jets to TWO CONSECUTIVE AFC championship game appearances in his FIRST TWO NFL SEASONS…a year ago Sanchez & the Jets sent Peyton and Brady home from the playoffs on consecutive Sundays. Then in ’11 is a bad (8-8)year… And Mark Sanchez is a mutt?!!!! F***ing ridiculous. The Jets had an incredibly over-complicated offense that not even Rex (by his own admission) understood, plus major receiver-corps turnover. 2 excellent seasons (and a number of clutch playoff performances) then 1 mediocre one, does not equal a lousy QB. That would be saying the excellent ’09 and ’10 seasons were a fluke. and the lousy ’11 season revealed the ‘real’ Sanchez. I don’t buy it. I wish more people would speak out about this asinine scapegoating that has been going on.

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